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HP/HPE Alumni benefits, transition to Medicare, employee stock, pensions, more...

If leaving or recently left: ASAP Checklist. Practical advice from HP/HPE alumni on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks. Supplements the official checklists.

HP Alumni Association. Helping each other with life after HP/HPE. Forums and updates with Q-and-A discussions on details of COBRA and retiree health benefits, transition to Medicare, stock, 401(k), pensions, and other financial issues. Operated by volunteers. Not officially endorsed or supported.

Join our forums. If formerly a regular, direct U.S. employee of HP or HPE -- or in the process of leaving. We welcome others who could benefit from our updates and online forums: spouses/partners, those receiving company benefits -- dependents, DEC and EDS retirees -- and heirs with HP/HPE-related stock. No charge, thanks to HPAA's Supporting Members. Join at hpalumni.org/join

Question? Email: info@hpalumni.org  (Feb 3, 2024)


Classification as "retired."  If an employee left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service, or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80, or left under an early retirement program -- HP and HPE generally classify the employee as "retired" -- regardless of how they left and whether or not they have any retiree benefits. (HPE also mentions "...or age 55 or older with at least 70 age-plus-service 'points' for equity grants.") This is reported to outside payroll and employment verification services, but doesn't seem to have any negative consequences. Inquiries from state Unemployment Dept. claims examiners go to a specific group in HR, which replies via letter. Over the years, members have reported that HP did not block their UI claims. 

If you are classified by HP as a Retiree, please go to our Retiree Checklist.

Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee? Due to acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. Check here: Which Company

Alumni Checklist:

1. There is useful information for all former employees on the official HP retiree website -- HP Retiree Program -- including benefits, discounts, contacts, and change of address.

2. Stock. You may now have stock in HP, HPE, Agilent, Keysight, or DXC in multiple accounts (such as at transfer agents for spun-off companies) and may not have received cash payouts for Micro Focus or Perspecta. Your current cost basis depends on when you acquired stock as companies were merged and spun out. HPAA members have developed a step-by-step process to untangle HP/HPE-related stock including spreadsheets to verify your records or estimate cost basis for employee stock purchases: Stock

3. Advice and info on returning to HPInc or HPE -- including informal and formal restrictions.

4. Check your LinkedIn profile. Even if not currently looking for a job, you need a strong, credible LinkedIn profile. Reconnect with people who know you and your work. Be found by hiring managers, recruiters, and recruiting bots. You can promote your specialized expertise. Your profile may have been automatically changed. Member advice: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn

5. Set up an Equifax Work Number employee account now -- before an identity thief uses your readily-available birthdate and SSN to do it. Your information is in the database regardless of whether you have set up an account. An identity thief can gain further information for use impersonating you elsewhere -- for example, to file for a tax refund or to get credit (HELOCs and mortgages have been reported.) How to use Equifax Work Number

HPAA's contact directory for former employees of HP, HPE, and related companies: hpalumni.org/contacts 

Info for those who worked at:  Agilent    Autonomy    Compaq    DEC    DXC    EDS    HP    HPE    Keysight    Micro Focus    Perspecta    Tandem    Other acquisitions and spinoffs 


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